A teenager accused of sexually assaulting girls won't have to serve prison time if he undergoes a sex offender treatment program
A Frederick County teenager accused of sexually assaulting girls in high school bathrooms won't have to serve prison time if he undergoes a sex offender treatment program, a judge ruled Wednesday.
As part of an agreement with prosecutors, Michael Smith, 17, pleaded guilty to attempted rape. If he successfully goes through the sex offender treatment program in Baltimore, his 20-year sentence will be suspended.
Four girls say Smith sexually assaulted them in or near bathrooms at Tuscarora High School. Some of the victims were in court today.
When the judge asked Smith if he had anything to say, he replied: "No, sir." His attorney, Jack Blomquist, released a statement saying that he is "confident that Michael will successfully complete his probation and, more importantly, that he will be an exemplary adult citizen."
A rape charge against Smith was dropped for lack of evidence.
Smith also pleaded guilty to a lesser sex assault charge, and filed an Alford plea for a fourth charge. An Alford plea means he does not admit he is guilty, but he understands the state has evidence to convict him.
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